Rodgers spoke publicly for the first time about his feelings for the Packers franchise, which have reportedly deteriorated to the point of no return since the end of the 2020 season. He told Kenny Mayne – who was making his last appearance on the ESPN program – that his frustrations weren’t necessarily about the team writing Jordan Love, but rather the way GM Brian Gutekunst had handled things afterward.
“With my situation, look, it was never about a draft pick, picking Jordan,” said Rodgers. “I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] a lot of fun working together. I love the coaching staff, I love my teammates, I love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years old.
“It’s just kind of a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it’s people who make things happen. It’s a question of character, it’s a question of culture, it’s doing things the right way.
Thanks to earlier reports, Rodgers has reportedly said he has no plans to return to the Packers, and while he hasn’t said exactly that he will never play for them again, he has confirmed that ‘he had skipped the team’s OTAs this week.
Through his words, it became clear that his annoyance is directed at Gutekunst and the front office. He praised just about everyone else in the organization – for years.
“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers said. “The story is important, the legacy of so many who came before you. But folks, this is the most important thing. People make an organization, people make a business and sometimes it gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, its foundation by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the society. It is built by people.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing and amazing people and I’ve worked for some amazing people as well. These are the people who build the basis of these entities. I think sometimes we forget that.
The question now is whether Rodgers will report to the Packers. Their mandatory minicamp will take place in June and the reigning MVP will be fined nearly $ 100,000 for not showing up, per ESPN. If he misses training camp, it’s $ 50,000 a day.
The Packers appear committed to Gutekunst, who has argued he will not trade Rodgers. If one side cracks, it will be interesting to see who does it first.